To enroll in the English internship program is to join an elite group of individuals - the best of the best from our department. To be a part of this program is to represent the Department of English to both the UTA community and beyond, and because of this fact the department hand selects the best students to participate.
But what’s the point of an internship? Why is my course work not enough to land me that sweet job? This all has to do with what I call “tell” versus “show” details. When you go to write a job letter or a résumé, your instinct will be to “tell” your potential employer about your skills, the kinds of classes you have taken, and the duties that you have had at past jobs. The problem is that your potential employer does not want you to “tell” them that you can do the job, but rather “show” them you can do the job.
Did you see the difference there? “Tell” details in a letter or résumé simply tell them that you have skills you would need for the job (e.g. I am very responsible; I have taken lots of classes in interracial relations; I can edit very well; etc.). “Show” details focus on tangible examples of skills in action (e.g. I over saw the production of a new operations manual for the UTA Office of Veterans Affairs; I worked in an office setting that required me to understand the concerns of a very diverse customer base; I edited the policies and procedures for a clinic that sees approximately 200 patience a day, etc.).
Internships provide an opportunity for you to take the skills that you have learned throughout your course work (e.g. close reading, editing, critical reasoning and problem solving, etc.) and generate “show” examples to use in your cover letters and résumés. As someone who has participated in the employment process at two multinational corporations, I can personally tell you that your materials will not get past the first review of your materials, which lasts only...
6-8 seconds, without show details
If you are the kind of person who is ready to put all that you have learned in your English courses into action--from writing to editing and empathy and design--then the internship program may be right for you. The first step in the program is to fill out this application and submit it to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always just an email away.
Dr. Timothy M. Ponce
Coordinator of Internships
Rachel Carver, Class of 2021
Alexis Parks, Class of 2020
Marie Scheiner, Class of 2021
Teaching, Mentorship & Community Building
Timothy M. Ponce, PhD